Taranaki Daily News - - Front Page - JANE MATTHEWS

Plane watch­ing has been rel­e­gated to a sin­gle TV screen at New Ply­mouth Air­port with the terminal’s win­dows boarded up while it un­der­goes a $28 mil­lion up­grade.

The air­port is ‘‘on a jour­ney’’, and work on the $28.7 mil­lion terminal up­grade project is in full swing. Which means the view of the tar­mac is all but gone, ex­cept on the TV.

‘‘The win­dows were boarded up last year for the con­struc­tion of a tem­po­rary build­ing to house the bag­gage claim area which will be partly de­mol­ished as we pre­pare for the build­ing of the new terminal,’’ New Ply­mouth Air­port chief ex­ec­u­tive Wayne Woot­ton said.

‘‘The air­port will re­main open through­out this time.’’

The tem­po­rary bag­gage area is par­tially built and Woot­ton said the pro­posed terminal would be com­pleted by late 2019. ‘‘Con­struc­tion on the new terminal will start later this year in close col­lab­o­ra­tion with Puke­tapu hapu,’’ he said. ‘‘The com­pleted project will pro­vide a fan­tas­tic gateway to Taranaki.’’

The con­struc­tion doesn’t stop at the pro­posed terminal, the car park is also in the mid­dle of get­ting an up­grade.

From Mon­day the price of park­ing at the air­port dou­bled to $2 an hour and the free-park­ing pe­riod dropped from an hour to 20 min­utes.

These changes were to help pay for the new terminal.

‘‘Our ex­ist­ing terminal was built to cater for 50,000 pas­sen­gers a year in the 1960s and we’re get­ting about 430,000 a year now,’’ Woot­ton said. ‘‘It’s im­por­tant our new terminal, which we are in the midst of build­ing, pays for it­self.’’


Con­struc­tion at New Ply­mouth Air­port is all go.

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